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One of the many pleasures of staying in a vacation rental is coming home after a long day of sight-seeing adventures and relaxing with your loved ones over a home-cooked meal with local ingredients or scrumptious take-out paired with a great glass of wine. Though Washington State is known for its many wine regions, it can be hard to know where to get an enjoyable bottle of wine in the city that won’t take a chunk out of your traveling budget. We’ve scoured Belltown and Pike Place to come up with a list of wines that are delectable, pair with many culinary possibilities and are budget-friendly.
Belltown Market: 2424 1st Avenue (Located on the ground floor of our Belltown Court property): This corner store has a small wine selection that features one of our favorite picks. Famega Vihno Verde ($9.99) a Portuguese wine is about as easy drinking as wine can be. It’s very crisp and a touch effervescent. It is quite refreshing on its own but pairs well with seafood and creamy pasta dishes like local favorite Beechers Handmade Macaroni and Cheese (at 1600 Pike Place.) http://www.beechershandmadecheese.com/
Newtown Market: 2801 Western Avenue #B (Located across the Street from our AVA property): This corner market has an extensive wine selection and is laid out nicely with detailed labels describing the wines and their suggested pairings. Though most of the wines tend to be a bit over-priced, we were pleasantly surprised to find a great hearty red for under ten bucks. Baron de Furies Garnacha & Syrah ($9.99) is a Spanish wine made from 100% Garnacha old vine grapes. Though not a Washington wine, what’s a vacation without trying something new? Its full body will stand up to heavier meat dishes like steak and lamb while its smooth berry-tinged bite is delicious on its own.
Pike and Western Wine Shop: 1934 Pike Place (Located four blocks from our Newmark Tower property and within walking distance to all our Belltown properties.): This wine store has been serving the Pike Place community since 1975. Originally started to be a champion of Pacific Northwest wines, it features a great selection curated from around the world. Though many of their local wines are priced above $15.00, they showcase a whole section of budget-friendly imports. Moulin de Ferrand from Bordeaux Savingnon Semillon is priced right at $8.99. It goes well with steamed mussels and lightly dressed fresh oysters. One local favorite is Idilico Albarino ($14.99) from the Yakima Valley. It’s citrus notes and clean finish pair well scallops, shrimp and light salads. For a few dollars more, you can enjoy a truly local standout. Bainbridge Vineyards Muller-Thurgau ($17.99) is another crisp white wine that will pair beautifully with a variety of shellfish and will compliment halibut and rockfish. http://pikeandwestern.com/
Pear Delicatessen and Shoppe: 1926 Pike Place (Located two doors down from Pike and Western Wine Shop, near our Newmark Tower property): Vandori Pinot Grigio is a refreshing, not overly citrus white wine that will pair well with almost everything from green salads to Pacific Northwest seafood. It’s priced divinely at $7.00 at this Pike Place adjacent deli. The shop also offers a good selection of bubby priced under $15.00. We sampled the Dibon Brut Cava and found it crisp and light and well worth it’s $11.00 price tag. You can also find a nice assortment of cheeses, chocolates and deli meats to accompany your vino. For a fuss-free lunch or dinner you can also purchase a variety of salads, sandwiches and their signature dishes. Shop early as the deli is only open until 6PM. http://www.pearatpikeplace.com/
Cost Plus World Market: 2103 Western Avenue (Located within walking distance of all our Belltown and Pike Place properties): The wine selection at this World Market location is extensive and features a variety of local as well as imported finds. They also have sales, member pricing and multiple wine purchase discounts. Charles Smith, the legendary Washington winemaker is a renegade known for his drinkable wines and daring labels. Kung Fu Riesling ($14.99) has a dry, crisp finish that makes it perfect on its own or a good pairing with creamy cheeses. Airfield Estates from Yakima Valley also feature some great labels. Bombshell Red ($15.99) is a compilation of Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc grapes. It pairs well with cheesy lasagna and elevates grilled burgers. Its Kitschy label and smooth jam-like taste also make it a great vacation souvenir to bring to the folks back home. https://stores.worldmarket.com/wa/seattle/2103-western-avenue.html
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